The Mystic

Tod Browning (director, screenwriter)
Waldemar Young (screenwriter)
Aileen Pringle, Conway Tearle (starring)

Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1925. First Draft script for the 1925 film.

A roguish Eastern European woman is hired to help con a young heiress out of her wealth by holding fake seances with the heiress' long-dead father. Director Tod Browning was best known for his controversial masterpiece "Freaks" (1932), a quintessential film from both the perspective of horror and pre-Code film history, revered by 20th century surrealists, and given homage by Luis Bunuel in his film "Viridiana" (1961).

Beige titled wrappers, rubber-stamped copy No. 1 and production No. 1520, dated 3/28/25. Title page integral with the first page of text, dated March 28, 1925, noted as First Draft of continuity, with credits for screenwriter Waldemar Young. Approximately 120 leaves, without page numbers. Carbon typescript on onionskin stock, rectos only. Pages Very Good plus, wrapper Very Good, bound with two gold brads.

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